Getting started

  • This feature is in limited beta and is only available to select Adobe Exchange members. If you are interested in using Destination SDK, please contact Adobe Exchange.
  • The documentation and the functionality are subject to change.


This page describes how to authenticate and start using Adobe Destination SDK. It includes instructions on how to obtain Adobe I/O authentication credentials, a sandbox name and ID, and how to be added to an allowed partner list.


This guide uses Platform-specific concepts, such as IMS Organization and sandboxes. Consult the Experience Platform glossary for definitions of these and other terms.

Obtain required authentication credentials

Destination SDK uses the Adobe I/O gateway for authentication. To make API calls to Destination SDK endpoints, you must provide certain headers in your API calls. Work with the Adobe Exchange team to set up authentication for you to the Adobe Developer Console.

To successfully make calls to Destination SDK API endpoints, follow the Experience Platform authentication tutorial. Start the tutorial from the “Generate an API key, IMS Org ID, and client secret” step. The Adobe Exchange team will handle the previous steps for you. Completing the authentication tutorial provides the values for each of the required headers in Destination SDK API calls, as shown below:

  • x-api-key: {API_KEY}, also referred to as Client ID
  • x-gw-ims-org-id: {IMS_ORG}, also referred to as Organization ID
  • Authorization: Bearer {ACCESS_TOKEN}. The access token has an expiration time of 24 hours, expressed in milliseconds, so you will have to refresh it. To refresh the access token, repeat the steps outlined in the authentication tutorial.

Destination ownership and sandboxes

All resources in Experience Platform are isolated to specific virtual sandboxes. Requests to Destination SDK require headers that specify the name and ID of the sandbox the operation takes place in:

  • x-sandbox-name: {SANDBOX_NAME}
  • x-sandbox-id: {SANDBOX_ID}

The Adobe Exchange team provides you with your sandbox name and ID, which you are required to use in calls to the Destination SDK API endpoints.


To use the API endpoints described in the reference documentation, you must be added to a list of allowed partners. Work with the Adobe Exchange team to be added to the allow list.

Additional considerations

  • Any changes that you make to destination configurations, whether you create or edit a destination configuration, need to be reviewed and approved by Adobe. Your changes are reflected in your destinations only after the review is done.
  • Only the users that belong to the same organization and have access to the sandbox can edit the destination configuration.

Next steps

By following the steps in this article, you obtained authentication credentials to Adobe I/O, a sandbox name and ID, and were added to an allowlist. Next, you can set up a destination using Destination SDK. Read Use Destination SDK to configure your destination for next steps.

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